characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance: a pompous minor official.
ostentatiously lofty or high-flown: a pompous speech.
- pomp·ous·ly, adverb
- un·pomp·ous, adjective
- un·pomp·ous·ly, adverb
- un·pomp·ous·ness, noun
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How to use pompous in a sentence
Pompously he quoted, ‘Handsome is as handsome does,’ and Rose had no call to go against me.
Oh, yes, and anyone anywhere who has ever indignantly, pompously posed the question: Do you know who I am?‘Ascent of the A-Word:’ The Beauty of the Indispensable Vulgarity | Malcolm Jones | August 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is what the writers of serious books pompously call "the secret history of the whole matter."The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
She then pompously demanded a private audience with Sir Hugh, and the young party left the room.Camilla | Fanny Burney
I consider that the "gastronomic art," as it is pompously called, is ninety-nine per cent plain rubbish.The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society | Upton Sinclair
This affair was pompously announced in all the newspapers while I was nearly reduced to beggary.Beethoven's Letters 1790-1826, Volume 1 of 2 | Lady Wallace
This legacy so pompously announced seemed of less importance to the legatees than to the testator.Memoirs of the Duchesse de Dino v.1/3, 1831-1835 | Dorothy Duchesse de Dino
British Dictionary definitions for pompous
exaggeratedly or ostentatiously dignified or self-important
ostentatiously lofty in style: a pompous speech
rare characterized by ceremonial pomp or splendour
- pompously, adverb
- pompousness, noun
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